The Thornton Burgess Society
Ms. Lowrance has captured the generous spirit, curious mind and loving heart of a children's author whose simple message of respect and concern for wildlife reached across the country and over the seas. I can speak of the years of research, countless interviews and editing struggles this author went through to be absolutely certain she was capturing the character of the man and his impact on not only children's literature but on the history of wildlife conservation and habitat preservation in our country. Much of this he accomplished by engaging children through rooted-in-fact, well crafted fictional literature. It is time to recognize this man who left us such an amazing legacy. Ken Burns here is inspiration for a new project!
A fascinating book that recovers Burgess's role
as an important 20th century conservationists. From his nature club
radio hour to his filming the last sighting of the now extinct Heath
Hen, Burgess was both a pioneer and iconic citizen-conservationist. His
conservation work in conjunction with his children's literature brought
a new generation into nature. These facts make this a timely book for a
21st century in which our youth are increasingly disconnected from the
wild. A great read for New Englanders, environmentalists, historians, or
anyone who has ever enjoyed the subtle nature writing of Burgess.
Kathryn Handley “Writer”
Be assured when you hold this book in your hand,
you have in your possession a true treasure! Thornton Burgess
entertained children with his delightful books for over 100 years while
promoting and lecturing on wildlife and conservation. The author takes
the reader on a journey about Thornton Burgess with the use of extensive
research and marvelous photos and illustrations. Having heard many of
the original stories, shared them with my daughters, and now,
grandchildren, I am thrilled to know the background of this amazing man.
Nature's Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess is a book that
should be in all libraries and personal collections. Interest in this
book will certainly span the decades.
Gene A. Schott
THE LEGACY OF THORNTON W. BURGESS by
Christie Lowrance is a book rich in
information on a man who rose from humble beginnings to become one of
the most beloved children’s authors of his day.
In addition, as Ms. Lowrance so
forcefully articulates, Burgess, who had just a high school education
plus one year of business school, also became one of the most respected
pioneer naturalists, conservationists and environmentalists of the 20th
Nature’s Ambassador was so carefully and thoroughly researched that the author reveals facts about this remarkable man that even the Thornton W. Burgess Society was unaware of. This book is a must read for all lovers of nature as well as those who for decades were and continue to be entertained and informed by the writing of this marvelous storyteller.